Please Read: Uniclass 2015

UNICLASS 2015 is a development of CPIc’s UNICLASS 2 and is now cited in the UK National foreword to ISO 12006-2 Building construction – Organisation of information about construction works as the UK response to that International Standard. This has the important effect of elevating its status from that enjoyed by previous versions of UNICLASS.

In 2014 CPIc passed its intellectual copyrights in UNICLASS, including all the development work in UNICLASS 2, to the UK Government for beneficial and government backed and financed development and completion for use with BIM. This has resulted in the UNICLASS 2015 classification within the BIM Toolkit published by NBS. After a period of publication in beta this has now moved to its first formal post-beta issue for use. Development will continue, however, so please do comment/feedback from your own observation and particularly from use on design and construction projects. Whilst CPIc continues and can answer questions about its other documents or legacy versions of UNICLASS, it seems only appropriate to refer enquiries about use of the new UNICLASS 2015 to the NBS.
Questions will very likely be answered by this article and the tool provided for keyword searches


(scroll to the end of the article for the search tool).

If, having read the article you still have questions do contact the author of that page Sarah Delany at NBS (Sarah.Delany@theNBS.com).

CPIC and Open Data

With both the Uniclass and Uniclass2 classification systems, CPIC are committed to making the data and information they produce as open and freely available as possible.

Why Open?

Paying to access a classification system doesn’t make sense, and limiting the availability of the system to one specific format (be it in an actual book you have to pay for, or in a proprietary digital format such as Excel) means that unnecessary barriers are put in place for the adoption, use and sharing of the data and classification information.

What are CPIC doing?

To this end, CPIC provide the Uniclass and Uniclass2 systems as freely available data in a variety of formats. Currently, we provide csv, txt, and pdf, as well as hosting Uniclass and Uniclass2 to view freely online or print your own copy via http://www.cpic.org.uk/uniclass/ . We are currently finalising the release of a number of XML formats for reuse in various CAD/BIM software too.

How Open is CPIC?

Both Uniclass and Uniclass2 digital formats are available via the Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License, meaning that people and organisations are free copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format, for any purpose (even commercially). All CPIC require is that credit is given in the new work, and that If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you may not distribute the modified Uniclass/Uniclass2 system as being official.

Finally, both Uniclass and Uniclass2 now have an Open Data Institute Pilot-level Certificate to show CPI’s commitment to providing Uniclass as open, reusable data. You can see more about Open Data and what the Institute does in this short video.

For More information see https://certificates.theodi.org/

Last updated: June 1, 2014 at 10:23 am

BIM Task Group & Technology Strategy Board collaborating to deliver Classification and the Digital Plan of Works

Making “Building Information Modelling” happen.

The BIM Task Force and Technology Strategy Board are collaborating to deliver Classification and the Digital Plan of Works

The UK BIM Task Force is working in partnership with the Technology Strategy Board, and the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS), to support the development of a ‘free to use’ digital tool.  This will reflect the: new Plan of Works, encompasses the publically available PAS 1192 standards, and use the CPIC classification system to structure the data storage thus exploiting the publically available Level 2 standards being developed for BIM (Building Information Modelling).

Read more here


Uniclass2 Revision Released

Following feedback, a new set of tables has been prepared to take account a number of comments and error reports received to date. Please do continue to let  us have your comment and details of any errors you may find.

The work results table has been removed as it was not originally intended as a classification table, but a means to link one table to another. This has led to some confusion however, so it has been withdrawn from the current development release.

The latest release can be found here: www.cpic.org.uk/unclass2

To provide further feedback or suggestions, please use the CPI/Uniclass LinkedIn Group, or email Sarah Delany (sarah@cpic.org.uk).


Last updated: June 1, 2014 at 10:24 am